One of my daughters was diagnosed with cough variant asthma . We had never heard of such a term, so we spent some time doing the research. It turns out that most people who are diagnosed with this form of asthma are also children with childhood asthma, like our daughter. The main symptom of cough variant asthma is a dry, non-productive cough. This cough may worsen at night, with exercise or when exposed to asthma triggers. Most people with cough variant asthma do not exhibit any of the "classic" asthma symptoms, like wheezing or shortness of breath. This type of asthma may lead to "classic" symptoms down the line. Cough variant asthma can be very difficult to diagnose because it mimicks many other things. Even a cold or sinus infection could present with the same symptoms. If your child's doctor thinks they may have cough variant asthma there are several tests they may want to run. Physical Exam This exam will check the basics and may...
Cough variant asthma, or CVA for short, is a less common form of asthma that is characterized by the fact that its only symptom is a chronic cough. People who have CVA do not generally have the other common symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, shortness of breath and chest tightness. CVA is an especially common diagnosis in young children, and it often progresses into full-blown asthma down the line.
The cough in cough variant asthma is a dry cough that lasts for more than 6 to 8 weeks. It can occur any time of the day, though coughing at night that wakes you up is common with CVA. The cough also often worsens during exercise. Other conditions, such as respiratory infections, can cause a chronic cough, but when the cough lasts longer than a few weeks in the absence of an active infection, doctors will suspect CVA.
Diagnosing cough variant asthma, however, can be difficult. Unlike with regular asthma, people with CVA usually have normal pulmonary function tests, such as ...
Dry skin can be uncomfortable and itchy.
Several breast cancer treatments can make your skin dry and flaky:
Often the dry skin will last as long as your course of treatment and then gradually go away after the treatment stops.
Managing dry skin
If you have severe dry skin with deep cracks in your skin that are bleeding and inflamed, talk to your doctor right away. There are medicines that can control any infection and ease itching and redness.
Tips to ease dry skin:
Apply a rich moisturizer several times a day , especially right after you bathe or wash your hands. You can also use an oil, such as baby oil, while your skin is still damp from a bath or shower. Oil has more staying power than cream and helps stop water from evaporating from your skin's surface.
Apply sun block with an SPF of 15 or higher to all areas that are exposed to the sun — face, ears, hands, and back of the neck — before you go outside.
Use lukewarm instead of ...
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